Who Is Mark Twain?

He is the quintessential American writer, and one of the most perceptive and humorous critic of the stupidity of social conventions. But how did he ever know whether his books would consign him to fame and popularity or to failure and oblivion?

In the following short animation, Mark Twain explains the secret behind his confidence to publish or burn his writings: it all has to do with choosing the right audience and their feedback. The excerpt is read by John Lithgow.

Who would you choose as your sounding board?
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